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An aging, booze-addled father makes the trip from Montana to Nebraska with his estranged son in order to claim a million dollar Mega Sweepstakes Marketing prize.

Starring:
Stacy Keach, Bob Odenkirk
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DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 55 minutes
Starring Stacy Keach, Bob Odenkirk, Will Forte, June Squibb, Bruce Dern
Director Alexander Payne
Genres Drama
Studio Paramount International
Rental release 14 April 2014
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 55 minutes
Starring Stacy Keach, Bob Odenkirk, Will Forte, June Squibb, Bruce Dern
Director Alexander Payne
Genres Drama
Studio Paramount International
Rental release 14 April 2014
Main languages English

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4.1 out of 5 stars

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Stanley Crowe TOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 April 2014
Format: DVD
Black and white cinematography seems just right for the high flatlands of the Dakotas, Montana, and Nebraska, and I think that what I'll remember most clearly about this movie are the spare images of the land, which Alexander Payne makes sure we see in a variety of lights and times of day. The sense of impermanence in the small towns that are passed through, and in the images of the aging people, suggest that everything changes and yet nothing does. The land looks as it must have looked when Woody Grant (Bruce Dern) was a boy, probably around 1930 and how it looked when he came back from the Korean War to a choice between farming and being a mechanic. Woody is an alcoholic in the early stages of dementia, and he believes that a flier he has received in the mail means that he has won a million dollars, refusing to believe that the flier doesn't promise the million but only a chance at it (if the number on the flier is a winner). His son Bobby (Will Forte), in an unsatisfying job and a problematic relationship, decides to humor his dad by driving him from their home in Billings, Montana to Lincoln, Nebraska to pick up the money.

It's not easy to say where the power of this movie resides. Bruce Dern gives a totally convincing performance as a stubborn, failing old man, but the movie can hardly be said to be a character study, for Woody is beyond development or self-expression. Always a man of few words (we're told by other characters), he has fewer now that he is failing. There's pathos in this, and there's a sense of how difficult it must be to live with and care for such a person. Woody's wife, Kate (June Squibb), has a point when she asks her son who is concerned about his father, "What about me?
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By GlynLuke TOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 Dec 2013
Format: DVD
I loved this film.
It opens with a shot of a bandy-legged, bony-faced old man with a ragged halo of white hair, ambling along the side of a freeway near, as we find out, the town of Billings, Montana.
Turns out he thinks he`s won a million on a lottery scam, so naturally he takes to the road - to Lincoln, Nebraska - to claim his prize. This doesn`t make his wife or his two sons too happy. In the end, one of them, Davie (played with a wonderful restraint by Will Forte) agrees to drive his dad, whom everyone calls Woody, the many miles to Lincoln.
A road movie!
Well, yes, but this one`s shot in gorgeous black-and-white, and manages mostly to avoid the cliches and pitfalls of the many `young man and his dad bonding on the road` movies - though not all of them: director Alexander Payne (whose superb Sideways was a very different kind of road movie) isn`t perfect, though his film comes close.
Bruce Dern, looking like a startled, irascible, ravenous old buzzard much of the time, has found, at the age of 77, the role of his career. He plays Woody without a trace of sentimentality (he`s had plenty of practice over the last fifty years, after all) and the merest hint of a twinkle in the eye when required.
June Squibb is superb as his small, outspoken and equally irritable wife, who joins them on the road.
Most of this moving and at times very funny film takes place in a small town I have no hesitation in calling Nowheresville, Nebraska. A lot of the state is bleak and unpoulated (like most of the States, in fact) and Hawthorne exemplifies the kind of place you might go to die or possibly to kill someone, more likely the latter. The whole town looks terminally closed - apart from the one or two rundown bars.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lola TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 27 April 2014
Format: DVD
If you have a heart, a sense of humour or a taste (or any one of the three), you will certainly appreciate "Nebraska" (Oscar 2014 nominee in the best film category). This film comes from the director Alexander Payne (Oscar 2014 nominee), who is known to tell laidback and thoughtful tales of people facing changes in their lives. His new film is shot in black and white (Oscar 2014 nominee for best cinematography), but the views are often exquisite breathtaking. This is an intimate road movie about one family, the dudes, and mainly the father-son squad on a road.

A quiet man Woody (Bruce Dern, Oscar 2014 nominee), a retired mechanic, receives one of those letters - you won a million. And, due to the fact that he "just believes stuff that people tell him", Woody is adamant to claim his money. So the journey begins, Woody is taken from his small town in Montana to his disappearing birthplace in Nebraska on the way to Lincoln, where the million awaits - or so he believes. Once the horde of his relatives gets a whiff of the million, the fun begins (actually, it begins much earlier than that in the film, so you are just enjoying all the fun and kerfuffle the scam sweepstakes letter produced!).

In the end, it's all pretty gory and sad, but it has so many wonderfully funny scenes and dialogues. And in the end, it's just a feel-good movie, very blunt about relationships and friendships and getting old. And I guess about love, the parents-children love as well as love between a man and a woman. Woody's snappy wife, Kate (played by June Squibb, Oscar 2014 nominee), who appears in the beginning nagging and irritating, never stopped loving him.

What a film! I loved it.
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